It’s highly unfashionable — if not downright politically incorrect — to live in the past, but Grandfather doesn’t think so.
He believes US civilization reached its zenith in the third quarter of the twentieth century, when the nation was unified and helping to rebuild Europe with the Marshall plan and enjoying its own renaissance after the great depression of the 1930s and World War II.
So he is well served in his old age by modern technology, up close and personal. He is proud of his culture as it used to be and enjoys the replay of its best music and the performing arts on recordings.
But he is also aware that there is no complete escape from the present, so he does attempt to keep up with the times, as best he can.
For example, he tells people that as soon as his hair grows long enough, he’s going to get a sex change operation.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family